Russia: Engineering Gazprom Approves Reconstruction, Re-Equipment of Hydrocarbon Processing Units
Gazprom has reviewed its hydrogen energy development areas and has given its nod to the Comprehensive Program for reconstruction and re-equipment of processing facilities for years 2021–2025.
Moscow/Russia – The Gazprom Management Committee addressed the issue of hydrogen production and utilization, as well as export of hydrogen and methane-hydrogen mixtures with the use of the existing gas infrastructure.
At the present time, the Gazprom Group's facilities produce over 350,000 tons of hydrogen by various technologies, which is then used to derive different products from it.
It is important for Gazprom to accumulate its own technological competencies in the field of hydrogen energy through the use of the unique properties of natural gas, i.e. eco-friendliness and cost efficiency. In this connection, the Company is considering several areas for using hydrogen as an energy source.
First of all, these areas include the development of innovative technologies for the utilization of methane-hydrogen fuel in the Company's production activities, as well as the development of innovative technologies for the production of hydrogen from methane with zero СО2 emissions and the development of hydrogen transportation methods, inter alia, for the purpose of export.
The large-scale implementation of such technologies will create additional demand for natural gas as a feedstock for hydrogen production.
The Gazprom Management Committee also recently approved the 2021–2025 Comprehensive Program for the reconstruction and re-equipment of gas and liquid hydrocarbon processing facilities.
The document aims, among other things, to ensure the processing of extracted hydrocarbons in the planned quantities, as well as to increase the output of commercial products.
The relevant subdivisions were instructed to use the program as the basis for the preparation of proposals related to the formation of the company's annual and medium-term investment programs as regards the reconstruction and re-equipment of gas and liquid hydrocarbon processing facilities.
The Management Committee also took note of the information about the results of import substitution efforts made in 2020 and the operational and financial effect achieved, as well as approved the report on Gazprom's import substitution plan implementation progress for 2020.